©Elinor Carucci for The New York Times
Ainsley, who began showing signs of puberty at age 6, and her mother.
By ELIZABETH WEIL
Published: March 30, 2012
One day last year when her daughter, Ainsley, was 9, Tracee Sioux pulled her out of her elementary school in Fort Collins, Colo., and drove her an
hour south, to Longmont, in hopes of finding a satisfying reason that Ainsley began growing pubic hair at age 6.
Link to 'The Girl Revolution'
Fed up with mainstream physicians, Tracee began pursuing less conventional options. She tried giving Ainsley diindolylmethane, or DIM, a
supplement that may or may not help a body balance its hormones. She also started a blog, the Girl Revolution, with a mission to “revolutionize the
way we think about, treat and raise girls,” and the accompanying T.G.R. Body line of sunscreens and lotions marketed to tweens and described by
Tracee as “natural, organic, craptastic-free products” containing “no estrogens, phytoestrogens, endocrine disrupters.”
None of this stopped Ainsley’s body from maturing ahead of its time.
This is a VERY long article (7 pages) but I encourage you all to read it.
Finally, he asked Ainsley to sit up. “It doesn’t test like it’s her own estrogens,” Allomong reported to Tracee, meaning he didn’t think
Ainsley’s ovaries were producing too many hormones on their own. “I think it’s xeno-estrogens, from the environment,” he explained. “And I
think it’s stress and insulin and sugar.”
It seems that these xeno-estrogens can come in a variety of materials such as fire retardants, plastics....
One concern, among parents and researchers, is the effect of simultaneous exposures to many estrogen-mimics, including the compound BPA, which is
ubiquitous. Ninety-three percent of Americans have traces of BPA in their bodies. BPA was first made in 1891 and used as a synthetic estrogen in the
1930s. In the 1950s commercial manufacturers started putting BPA in hard plastics. Since then BPA has been found in many common products, including
dental sealants and cash-register receipts. More than a million pounds of the substance are released into the environment each year.
As one gets older one realises that childhood is a precious thing. Whilst as a child many cannot wait to become adults, they soon realise that being
an adult carries responsibilities and burdens and actually childhood was relatively speaking in the greater scheme of things carefree.
As a father and grandfather ( 4 girls approaching this age) I would be very much saddened if my granddaughters were to lose a part of their childhood
and their growing up as a result of poisons/chemicals and plain and simple 'waste' oestrogen that we happily place into our environment with little of
no thought for the future and the problems these may cause.
The article goes on to say that this can also be caused by social factors and stresses and that
Evolutionary psychology offers a theory: A stressful childhood inclines a body toward early reproduction
That I do agree with as Mother Nature still has a big hand in the way we function as animals and stressful times require more reproduction to ensure
the survival of the species.
But it is also a sad indictment of our social structure that the family unit is destined for the 'bin' and that family disruption may aid this early
onset of puberty. Having chemicals in the environment that contribute as well in no way helps.
We know that girls who develop ahead of their peers tend to have lower self-esteem, more depression and more eating disorders. They start drinking
and lose their virginity sooner. They have more sexual partners and more sexually transmitted diseases. “You can almost predict it” — that early
maturing teenagers will take part in more high-risk behaviors, says Tonya Chaffee, associate clinical professor of pediatrics at University of
California, San Francisco
Chicken and egg, cart and horse. Are we through social breakdown and chemical poisoning assigning our daughters and granddaughters to potentially high
As a society we should be able to do something about both aspects of this problem. Those of you who are as ancient as me will remember that girls did
not really start maturing until around 13 or later, and boys as late as 15 or 16.
What are we doing to our children? What are we doing to our planet?
By the way there are some older threads of a similar nature back as far as 2004. Do an ATS search for 'puberty' if you are interested in taking a look
at what was said before.
Please do read all of the article and then discuss.
edit on 1/4/2012 by PuterMan because: Ah, the inevitable speeling erra